The Czech Republic: "This Country Is A Mess"

Political gridlock is stalling reform--and the economy

In 1989, Vladimir Kreidl was part of the Czech student movement that brought the communist order crashing down. A decade later, the 26-year-old Kreidl, now a well-paid economist at Prague-based brokerage Patria Finance, is marching again. But it's not the Commies he and scores of other reform-minded Czechs are after this time. It's the democrats. In the space of about five years, the Czech Republic's mainstream political parties have managed to turn Central Europe's onetime star pupil into the region's laggard.

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